Finally, a weekend where we had nothing planned and the weather was decent!
Perfect for visiting a portion of the county that I’ve been wanting to get back to. My hubby was born and grew up in Deerfield, and my aunt and cousins lived in Highland Park, so I knew of a few sights I wanted to photograph, one of which was the Historic Village in Deerfield.
A collection of five old buildings, rescued and restored by the Deerfield Area Historical Society, the Historic Village occupies about an acre next to the Kipling School and district offices.
The main building, which houses the society headquarters, is the George Luther House, a three-room cabin originally built in 1847. It was later remodeled in Greek Revival. The back side of the cabin was stripped back down to the logs to show its original look.
Next to it is the Sack Farmhouse, built in 1854 by the Sacker family (they changed their name eventually). It was moved from its original site and is furnished with period items.
Next to these is the oldest standing building in Lake County, the Caspar Ott Cabin, originally built in 1837.
What a story! In 1970, it was found inside another farmhouse scheduled for demolition the following week. It was the dining room! I mean, how did they find it?
It was moved to the current location, but its age, damage and alterations required a full restoration, which was completed in 2001. That is fascinating as well, as they used only materials, tools and procedures used at the time the cabin was originally built. Great care was taken in restoring the cabin and is detailed here.
Next around the circle is the Carriage House, a replica built to house four antique carriages that were donated by Jack Thompson in 1982. The donation was contingent on the building of a suitable storage area. Money was found by the society, and materials were donated as well, being four buildings salvaged for their wood and other period materials. The style was also based on period carriage houses found throughout the county.
The last and brightest building on the site is the Little Red Schoolhouse, a replica of a 19th Century schoolhouse, also with period furnishings. Apparently every student in the district spends one day learning here, as part of their study of local history. I would have loved that!
And all of this in one little area!
I visited on a Saturday, but apparently it is open on Sundays between 2 and 4 p.m., if volunteers are available, June-September. I may have to remember that to get some inside shots.